Master of Arts in Special Education

Program Description | Admission | Degree Requirements | Courses


Program Description

This 36-hour degree plan is designed for individuals who are seeking board certification in behavior analysis.  Students have the option of earning an MA (thesis) or MA (nonthesis).  The MA (thesis) option requires successful completion of a master's thesis defense.. The MA (nonthesis) requies successful completion of a research project or literature review. The degree plan originates in the Department of Language, Literacy, and Special Populations. The candidate must successfully complete a departmental comprehensive examination. Candidates must be enrolled in coursework during the semester they take comprehensive examinations.


Admissions

To be regularly admitted to the graduate school, applicants must submit to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, both undergraduate and graduate (Note: A minimum GPA of 2.5 in undergraduate and graduate work is expected)

NOTE: Candidates may be permitted to enroll for one semester while their admission file is incomplete.

Applicants with completed files are reviewed for regular admission by graduate faculty in each program area and are selected by faculty based on information in the completed file.

Applicants must submit to the Department of Language, Literacy and Special Populations:

  1. Two letters of recommendations (the form is available from the LLSP Office)
  2. Acceptable writing sample

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in Special Education (Low Incidience Disabilities and Autism Program)

Notes
Note: MA Thesis students enroll in SPED 6315.  MA Non-thesis students enroll in SPED 6317.
Master of Arts in Special Education (Low Incidence Disabilities and Autism Program)
Course Name Hours
SPED 6301 Applied Behavior Analysis 3
SPED 6302 Seminar in Austism Spectrum Disorders 3
SPED 6303 Behavioral Assessment and Intervention 3
SPED 6304 In-Home Training and Family Issues 3
SPED 6306 Evaluation and Measurement of Behavior 3
SPED 6307 Behavior Change and System Support 3
SPED 6308 Practicum and Methods in Speical Education 3
SPED 6309 Internship in Behavior Analysis 3
SPED 6314 Research Methods in Behavior Analysis 3
SPED 6318 Ethics for Behavior Analysis 3
Electives Courses:
SPED 5303 Study of Cognitive and Low-Incidence Disabilities OR 3
SPED 5304 Teaching Methods for Learners with Mild to Moderate Disabilites OR 3
SPED 6305 A Study of Behavior Disorders in Children OR 3
SPED 6315 Thesis OR 3
SPED 6317 Applied Research in Special Education 3
Total 36


Master of Arts in Special Education (Post Master's Degree Program)

Notes
* Students with a master's degree in a related field who complete the following courses will be eligible to sit for the Behavior Analysis Board Certification Exam.
Master of Arts in Special Education (Post Master Degree Program)*
SPED 6301 Applied Behavior Analysis 3
SPED 6306 Evaluation and Measurement of Behavior 3
SPED 6303 Behavioral Assessment and Intervention 3
SPED 6307 Behavior Change and System Support 3
SPED 6308 Practical and Methods in Special Education 3
SPED 6309 Internship in Behavior Analysis 3
SPED 6314 Research Methods in Behavior Analysis 3
SPED 6318 Ethics for Behavior Analysis 3
Total 24

 


Courses

Special Education (SPED)

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